Weekly Teen Book Review Roundup!

Every week here on the Teen Blog, we’ll be posting a roundup of the previous week’s Summer Reading book reviews submitted by our KCPL teens. To find out how you can get your reviews posted, check out the Teen Summer Reading page. And stay up with what’s going on this summer on our KC Library Teens Facebook page.

And without further ado, the latest batch of book reviews…

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
"I would rate this book a 9 out of 10. I like how the author sticks to the point." J-A.S. @ Westport

Forget You by Jennifer Echols
"This book was an amazing one that instilled feelings in me that I'm sure many other teenagers can relate to." A.C. @ Westport

Drought by Pam Bachorz
"A page turning book that kept me going in hoping that good (love) would win out in the end in the face of everything that stood against them." A.C. @ Westport

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One by Rick Riordan
This book is great because it combines the past with the present and mythology with the real world.I would recommend this book. A.B. @ Waldo

The Seekers: The Great Bear Lake by Erin Hunter
This book shows the struggles and hardships of a bear in the ever-changing world. A.B. @ Waldo

Seekers: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter
This book made me see things from a whole different perspective. Bears might be bad for groups after all. I would recommend this book. A.B. @ Waldo

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Three by Rick Riordan
This book was just as fast-paced and adventurous as the first two books in the series. I would recommend this book. A.B. @ Waldo

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two by Rick Riordan
This book was a very good sequel to the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians book. I would recommend this book. A.B. @ Waldo

Lesson Learned by Earl Sewell
This book was about Mike trying to impress a hood-rat girl named Toya so she will sleep with him. Mike impressed her by stealing his dad’s car. Do they get it back? Read and find out. I would recommend this book. L.M. @ Waldo

Decision Time by Earl Sewell
This book is about Wesley saving a girl from getting shot. When Keysha hears about this, she believes Wesley is cheating on her, so they break up. Keysha ends up getting the lead role in the school play and a new love interest, Antonio. I would recommend this book. L.M. @ Waldo

Myself and I by Earl Sewell
This book is about Keysha being done with boys. She just wants to date herself. But Wesley will not give up trying to get back with Keysha. Keysha finds it hard to date only herself when a cute new neighbor named Jerry moves in. I would recommend this book. L.M. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Double Deception by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe discover that Justin gives his movies away and they illegally copied and sold. His identical twin Ryan finds out and has Justin leave and he says he will take care of everything. Ryan really starts to want Justin’s life so Ryan plans to murder Justin, but Frank and Joe rescue Justin, they both, Justin and Ryan end up going to jail. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Double Dawn by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe go to Atlantic City with Justin Carraway and his crew. They are trying to figure out who killed Slick. Frank and Joe chase Tom Huang into a helicopter. Tom jumps out and supposedly dies. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Double Trouble by Franklin W. Dixon
Justin Carraway is shooting a movie in Bayport. Frank and Joe are there to investigate a stalker mail that he has been getting. A boy in the group Cleen Teens is his stalker. He tried to kill Justin by changing the prop gun with a real one. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Killer Connections by Franklin W. Dixon
Destiny and Lee ended up being fine. One day Frank was climbing a rope and it broke. He fell but was alright. One day Killer was kidnapped. Frank and Joe were lead into a basement then locked in a room. The bark they heard was just a recording. Killer ended up breaking through the window and saved Frank and Joe. Dr. Montgomery and his house cleaner were put in jail. Frank and Joe went back to Bayport. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Private Killer by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe are still at Firth. The buckets of blood ended up being Destiny’s. The person who did this was the “friend” Casey. He went to her old school. He was mad at Destiny for messing up his girlfriend’s life. At the end of the book Lee and Destiny won the soccer game. They drank out of the trophy, after that, they both collapsed. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Killer Mansion by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe are sent to Willis Firth Academy to investigate vandalism that has been going on. The potential victims are members of Gamma Theta Theta. Frank is going to fake being a student and Joe is the dog’s. Killer, handler. Ellery was behind all that happended. Except the two buckets of blood found behind the cabin. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Lost Brother by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank is missing and Justin a lost victim went missing from the hospital. At the end of the book, Frank comes out of the tunnels in front of Joe. They call the police. The police try to get into the tunnel but it explodes. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Extreme Danger by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe go the PA for the Big Show Air Games. They figure out that a EMT murdered a person and sabotaged a motorcycle. He tries to put Frank in the hospital by shooting them by a stun gun. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Murder House by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank falls in love with a girl he meets on the reality tv show they are on. It turns out that Brynn stabbed a girl and is psycho because of seeing her father murder her mother in front of her when she was a little girl. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: House Arrest by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe figure out who has been sending the death threats. It was Mary a contestant on the reality show they are on. She also put the snake in Ripley’s bed, the dead crow in the shower and wrote murder on Ripley’s head with her lipstick. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Deprivation House by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe are put on a reality show to investigate the death threats. A pa is found dead at the bottom of the pool. The new pa is the culprit behind the bomb, the murder of the first pa and all the other stuff. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: Forever Lost by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank goes missing after being in the hospital. Detective Cole goes missing and is found in the tunnels with Frank and Justin. Mr. Smith the PI was shot in the shoulder. Dr. Carrini, Scar Face, Baby Doc and Chloe were put in jail. Frank and Joe solved the mystery of the “lost” children. Also the children were reunited with their parents. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

The Hardy Boys: The Children of the Lost by Franklin W. Dixon
Frank and Joe are sent on an ATAC mission in Misty Falls, Idaho State Park. There they try to figure out the tragedy of the “lost” children. At the end of the book, Frank went missing and can’t be found. He is now one of the lost. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

Nowhere to Call Home by Cynthia DeFelice
This book is about a girl who becomes a hobo after her father commits suicide during the Great Depression. She meets this hobo named Stewpot and together they go through the mountains during the winter. At the end of the book, Stewpot dies and she goes to live with her aunt. I would recommend this book. N.D. @ Waldo

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
The book, Dragon’s Keep, is about a princess who is born with a finger that is a claw like a dragon. She hides it and if anyone sees, her mother kills that person. She falls in love and marries a lord’s son from England. The girl is taken by dragon to help him raise his pips. The pips come back to see the princess when grown.
I would recommend this book. V.N. @ Waldo

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